Does Champagne Go Bad? (Shelf Life, Storage, Recycle and More)
Just as I wish the same as you that the champagne does not go bad, but unfortunately the answer is YES, IT DOES, BUT (yes there is a “but”) whether does champagne go bad or not depend predominantly on TWO aspects:
- Is your champagne a vintage?
- Do you refrigerate the champagne once opened?
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Does Champagne Go Bad: Vintage and Non-Vintage Champagne
Before you get panic wondering what in the world is vintage champagne and how do you know if you have one, let me lay out the answer for you.
To know whether you have a Vintage or Non-vintage champagne, all you need to do is to check on the champagne label and look if there is a year stated on it or not, as the year displayed is the year from which grapes of the Champagne was produced.
All of the Vintage Champagnes will have the year shown on its label while the non-vintage does not. Easy!
The grapes that often used for the Vintage Champagne were all grown and harvested in one single specific year, and the non-vintage Champagne is usually made from grapes harvested from different years.
Personally, I do not know if it is necessary to answer the second aspect because who will not finish the champagne and let it expire once they let loose the corkscrew, yes?
However, it is perfectly fine to refrigerate the opened champagne for the next three to five days as long as the corkscrew is sealed back on to prevent the bubbles escaped leaving you a flat, pale and bland champagne.
How Champagne is Made
A brief video on how champagne is made.
How Long Can an Unopened Bottle of Champagne Last?
How long can an unopened bottle of Champagne last is dependent on whether you are having a Vintage or Non-vintage champagne. The Vintage Champagne can last five years and more while the non-vintage champagne can only last from three to four years.
The Vintage Champagne can be stored up to five years or more, and this generally means that it takes five to ten years before the champagne starts to lose its fizziness and expire.
Please note that this is based on the champagne purchased date and not the year that was displayed on the label.
The storage condition plays a role on how it affects the shelf life of the champagne. An ideal way to store an unopened bottle of champagne is in a dark, cool and preferably humid place such as cellar or basement.
If you keep the champagne on the counter which is under direct sunlight, heat exposure and is susceptible to vibration (i.e., on top of the fridge), then the quality and the shelf life of the champagne would be largely affected.
Does Champagne Gets Better as It Aged?
Unlike wine where it gets better with age, champagne does not get better with age after you purchased it. As mentioned above, the champagne tends to lose its fizziness and expire after a few years’ time whether the champagne is vintage or non-vintage.
Aren’t the fizzy bubbles make champagne so special after all?
Interestingly, there are some controversies over whether champagne gets better with age, especially the vintage ones.
Apparently, some of the vintage champagne can age well up to 20 years and could gain secondary aromas and flavors with age, too! In my opinion, that the champagne will effervesce and really who could have the patience to wait for that long before consuming the champagne already? I know I wouldn’t!
How to Tell If the Champagne Go Bad?
Well, there are no definite way to tell if the champagne goes bad.
As the rule of thumb, you should discard the champagne if there is no fizzing sound and without any bubbles when you opened it. It is merely a chance that mold could grow in the champagne bottle but if you could taste sour or the smell of the champagne was off, then you should discard the champagne right away.
However, it is perfectly fine to consume the champagne that has gone flat after it was poorly sealed and stored away once opened. But really what is the point of having the bland and flat champagne?
Health Benefits of Champagne
You can now justify your alcoholism! Ready to get yourself amused by what champagne could bring to your health!
According to Jeremy Spencer from the University of Reading in England has found that having a glass or two of the champagne in a week can reduce the risk of heart attack, lower the blood pressure and help boost your mood provided by the antioxidant properties that had found in the champagne.
Besides that, the calories in the champagne are lesser compared to both red and white wine. There are only 78 calories in a four-ounce flute, dry or brut champagne. And this is considered one of the lowest calorie beverages you may find according to Carolyn O’Neil, a registered dietitian, and co-author of “The Dish on Eating Healthy and Being Fabulous.”
More reasons to say CHEERS!!
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What Can You Do with Leftover Champagne?
There is nothing quite like a bottle (or more) of champagne(s) to help you in any occasions or any parties.
But, what happened if we have leftover champagnes from those events?
Besides refrigerating that leftover champagne, even better, you can DIY the champagne with a few other ingredients and turned it into a natural emollient skin product that hydrates and tones the skin suggested by Kristin Fraser Cotte.
The carbon dioxide (CO2) found in the champagne may help tightened skin, and the polyphenols help combat redness in skin. You can simply make this remedy at home, as follow:
- 1 cup of powdered milk
- ½ cup of Epsom salt
- 1 (or more) cups of your leftover champagne
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and microwave it for 30 seconds. Remove from the microwave and stir the ingredients and then pour into a running warm bath water.
Aren’t these just killing two birds with one stone? You can now sip a glass of champagne while soaking for double the indulgence!!
Too much left over
Still, have some more leftover champagne? Don’t worry. Perhaps you could consider trying this recipe by Frances Largeman Roth, Health and Nutrition Editor and co-author of “The Carb Lovers Diet.”
- 2 tablespoons of your leftover champagne
- 2 teaspoons of extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon of white balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- ¼ teaspoon of sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon of freshly ground pepper
- Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and whisk well. Drizzle over 5 ounces of baby spinach and then toss with pear slices and toasted walnuts. It is then ready to serve! Delish!
- Does champagne go bad? Yes, it does, but it takes quite many years whether vintage or non-vintage and how it get stored.
- Avoid storing the champagne from direct sunlight and heat exposures; this may shorten the shelf life of the champagne.
- Must seal tightly if you happened to have a leftover bottle of champagne to prevent effervesced.
- Champagne does bring us health benefits but consuming it in large quantities may cause otherwise.
Toast to the goodness of Champagne!
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February 25, 2017